Term 4 Week 8 Newsletter

The school is buzzing with a myriad of events and activities with less than three weeks left until the end of the 2018 school year. Our teachers are working hard at the same time to finalise and assess the learning and progress of every child and are writing the end of year reports. Our first day back for Years 1-6 will be Wednesday 30 January in 2019. If your child will be taking an extended holiday and won’t be at school on the first day of Term 1, please contact Mrs Bright immediately to complete the necessary paperwork.

Inspirational Student Leadership at Anzac Park

A huge congratulations goes to all 15 candidates who nominated to stand for leadership positions in 2019. All students presented engaging and interesting speeches about their leadership qualities and how they as leaders hope to make a positive difference. This enthusiastic response clearly shows the diligent and responsible nature of our students. It definitely made the voting process extremely hard for our students as all candidates would undoubtedly make inspirational leaders. The 2019 leadership positions will be announced at our assembly next week and I am looking forward to working closely with our student leaders in the new year.

2019 Executive Leadership Team

Our outstanding leadership team will continue their great work in 2019. Their roles will be as follows:

  • Ms Melanie Shields – Assistant Principal Kindergarten
  • Ms Cassie Hide– Assistant Principal Stage 1
  • Ms Lydia Janabi – Assistant Principal Stage 2
  • Mr Jeremy Hart – Assistant Principal Stage 3

End of Year Disco

Our End of Year Disco will be held this Friday 7 December in the school hall. This year we will have two discos for the different age groups. The disco for students in Kindergarten and Year 1 will be held during school hours and students can wear mufti clothes to school. The disco for students in Years 2-6 will be held between 6.30pm-8pm. Tickets for students in Years 2-6 are $5 and are on sale through the TryBookings link below. The ticket will include pizza and a drink. Tickets will be on sale until Thursday morning. We are looking forward to seeing our students in their best disco outfits!

Mountain Top

Our end of year Mountain Top evening will be held on Thursday 13 December. This will be an opportunity for our community to come together to share in the wonderful gains of all of our students. Students are currently working hard on their projects to “put on the Mountain Top” and I am looking forward to a wonderful community evening. Given the warmer weather, we will be holding a community picnic between 6pm-7pm and then open classrooms between 7pm-8pm.

2019 Class Formation

At the beginning of the 2019 school year, we will need to wait until Kindergarten enrol on Monday 4 February to finalise enrolments and staffing. Students will return to their 2018 classes on Wednesday 30 January for a couple of days. Over these days, all students in Years 1-6 will participate in a student well-being program to ensure that all students at Anzac Park have a consistent understanding of our core expectations. Our students in Years 3-6 will also attend our annual swimming carnival on Friday 1 February. While I appreciate children and parents are excited to join their new teacher and class as soon as possible, it is far better to wait a couple of days rather than settle children into classes and then have to make changes if our student numbers alter. At this stage, our student enrolment numbers are extremely variable meaning we will need to wait until the first week back in 2019 to confirm numbers, staffing and classes. I appreciate your patience and understanding with this matter. Families can assist me in this process by:

  • Asking other families who have not yet enrolled, to contact us as a matter of urgency.
  • Informing us if you are moving out of the area and your child will not be returning to Anzac Park in 2019.
  • Ensuring we have notification in writing if your child will be returning late at the beginning of the 2019 school year so that we can hold a place for them.

2019 Indicative Costs

To assist with family budgeting, please find below an outline of anticipated school contributions for the 2019 school year and approximate costs you can expect during Term 1 2019. Please note this list is not complete and exact costs as well as the costs of excursions and incursions will be notified at the beginning of next year. Term invoices are not required to be paid until next year.

  • Voluntary School Contribution - $40
  • Class Resources K-2 $50 and 3-6 - $25
  • Technology Levy K-2 - $50
  • Home Reading Contribution K-2 - $25
  • Paper Levy - $25

2019 Stage 3 Camp

The 2019 camp for Years 5 and 6 students has been booked. The children will enjoy a three day excursion to Canberra. They will visit Parliament House, Questacon, the National Art Gallery and the Australian Mint. Please put the following dates into your diaries: Monday 18 March – Wednesday 20 March 2019.

Anzac Park’s Got Talent FINALS

Our Year 6 Leaders have been busy watching and judging over 100 auditions for our Anzac Park’s Got Talent finals. We have been blown away with the variety of amazing talent and performances across the school and can’t wait to have our finalists perform. All parents are welcome to attend.

Years 2-6 finals will be held on Friday 14 December 9:00am-10:00am in the hall. Kindergarten- Year 1 finals will be held on Tuesday 18 December 200pm-3:00pm in the hall.

Finalist will be notified after our last auditions on Monday 10 December. We look forward to sharing our student’s talents with you all.

Learning 4 Life Awards Celebrated at Mountain Top

Mountain Top is a whole school event where we celebrate our students and their learning. Our students are given the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, and teach others in the community and beyond. A part of Mountain Top is the recognition of students who have demonstrated our Learning for Life capabilities. As part of our Mountain Top event, co-teachers award a medal to students who have demonstrated particular strength in developing their skills in one of the six capabilities. The medals are displayed in the classroom at the time of the event along with a certificate and a description of how they have applied the capabilities over the semester.

As the focus of the night is on learning, teachers having been working with their classes to discuss the purpose of the evening and awards. Students have been well prepared to manage their expectations through class discussions around receiving an award and celebrating the successes of their peers. We appreciate your ongoing support in engaging in conversations with your child around the purpose of the evening.

News From the Library

Student borrowing has now finished for the year and next week the library will be closed for the annual stocktake. If you have any school library books at home can you please return them to the school as soon as possible. If a book has been lost, please come and see me or send me an email kate.justelius-wright3@det.nsw.edu.au

If your child completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge this year, their certificate will be available to collect in their classroom during Mountain Top. Students who have achieved a Gold or Platinum certificate will be presented with these during next Tuesday’s Year 2-6 assembly.

Thank you to all the families who made purchases from Scholastic Book Club this year. With the Reward Points that the school accrues from the orders you place, we have been able to add over 90 new books to the library collection!

Stage 3 – Surf Excursion

In Week 6, Sunshine went to Manly Beach to participate in a Surf Education program with SEA Australia. We jumped straight into the water to practise water survival skills. We learnt about how to identify rips, participated in body surfing and paddled foam surfboards in challenging conditions. Teachers were impressed with all the students who challenged themselves and persevered to conquer impressive goals.

Silver Awards


7 December - End of Year Disco
7 December - Envirobank Collection Day
10 December- 19 December - Year 2 Swim Scheme
11 December - P&C Meeting at 7pm
13 December - Mountain Top 6pm-8pm
14 December - Year 6 Farewell
17 December - Semester 2 Reports home
19 December - Last day Term 4

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